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Sara Katherine Wahl

Sara Katherine Wahl

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation

About Me

     A divorce is  one of the most difficult experiences a person may go through in their lifetime, much like a death.  Most people want to go through this transition privately and without creating more conflict. I want to help families navigate their divorce in a respectful and healthy way.  It is possible to minimize, if not eliminate, the impact a divorce has on one's children and Collaborative Law encourages this.  Preserving the co-parent relationships moving forward for the benefit of one's children is essential.  Even if one does not have children, Collaborative Law helps the healing process begin in a mutually respectful manner.

     Further, most people would like to make their own decisions in their divorce as they know what is going to work best for their own family; Collaborative divorce supports this.

     Even if Collaborative Law is not the perfect fit for your divorce or family law case, there are many other options rather than traditional litigation. I encourage people to explore all the alternatives to litigation with an experienced attorney and pick something that fits their individual family.

I do not do any litigation cases any longer, but usually the cases do not need to end up in litigation if there are skilled conflict resolution attorneys working on the case.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Family: 75%
    13 years, 350 cases
  2. Mediation: 25%
    13 years, 100 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

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    Sara is a knowledgeable family law attorney whose main focus is on her clients' best interests. I have worked with Sara on several cases in the past several years and found her always prepared, focused and professional. I have referred cases to her when I was not available and I would only refer cases to an attorney in whom I have the utmost trust.


    Virginia Amis Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael Martin Hanis

    Sara and I have been law partners for over five years. Her emphasis is Family Law. Although she has extensive experience with divorce, separation, and custody litigation, she has also become an industry leader in Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law gives clients involved in divorce or other family law disputes an additional, and much more positive new way to deal with the complex and emotional issues in such matters. I strongly urge anyone involved in a Family Law dispute to contact Sara, and learn about this resource.


    Michael Hanis Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Sara K. Wahl, Attorney at Law, PLLC

Kent, WA
Kent, WA, 98032-2367




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2003
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerSara K. Wahl, Attorney at Law, PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerHanis Irvine Prothero PLLC2004 - 2010
PartnerMacklin and Wahl2002 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2014 - Present
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonBoard Member2014 - Present
South King County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
King County Bar Association Collaborative Law SectionChair2011 - 2014
Washington State Bar Assocation Alternative Dispute ResolutionMember2010 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2006 - Present
King County Collaborative LawMembership Chair2006 - Present
King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic VolunteerVolunteer Attorney2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationLawyer's Assistance Program Committee2002 - 2009
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2002 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinCollaborative Law Act on the Books2013
Kent ReporterCollaboration Focus of Resolving Legal Conflicts2008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle Collaborative Law Training GroupN/AAdvanced Collaborative Negotiation and Client Counseling2011
University of Washington School of LawN/AMediation Training2006
Collaborative Law TrainingN/AUnknown2005
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Seattle UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Samaritan Center of Puget SoundCollaborative Law Divorce WorkshopN/A
Highline Community CollegeCollaborative Law Divorce WorkshopN/A